As the [London] Spectator wrote about the 1896 edition: “This is a little book which will prove most interesting and useful to all who are in- terested in the Navy, and that ought to mean the whole nation. Practically it is a dictionary of the ships of all nations, and in it any foreign vessel may be identified, and its size, armament, &c, realised. In addition, the Pocket-Book contains a calendar giving an interesting naval event for every day in the year.” An incomplete run of this annual is online, 1896-1915. Of further note is its founding editor, W Laird Clowes, who authored among other works the seven-volume The royal navy, a history from the earliest times to present (1897-1903). A. T. Mahan acted as a co-author.
The Naval Pocket-Book